He’s the most hated person in the National Football League and there’s no end to his tyrannical campaign in sight. Yes, the megalomaniac has been the commissioner of the NFL since 2006 and each year he’s succeeded in bringing in a ton of money for the NFL. Although, each year it seems Goodell drops the ball when a new scandal arises. He’s always talking about protecting “the shield” or the integrity of the NFL, but most who have seen his actions believe he has become an embarrassment to the league.
Where can we start with this hypocritical authorize figure? Some suggest he’s killing football, others believe it is already dead. His failure to punish domestic violence abusers in a consistent manner and his censorship and denial of long-term research for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) are hallmark cards of his reign. It’s only a matter of time before Goodell crashes to the ground. We just hope the NFL doesn’t implode with him.
How can a billion dollar company allow this man to keep his job is beyond us. So, if you truly hate the guy, then you’ll love this listicle. If you still think he’s the best thing for the NFL, we hope we can change your mind.
15 Threatened the Pro Bowl
14 The Grim Reaper of Touchdown Celebrations
What do NFL fans enjoy almost as much as a touchdown? The touchdown celebration. From Ickey Wood’s “The Ickey Shuffel” to Jamal Anderson’s “The Dirty Bird,” and everything in between, a celebratory moment after a touchdown can be just as iconic as a last second play to win the game. When legends like Terrell Owens, Steve Smith, and Chad Ochocinco would score, everyone was waiting for what antics they would pull after.
13 Famous Players Hate Him
At every NFL Draft, you see Goodell out there on stage, introducing the newest member to the NFL, giving them a big hug, a smile, and handshake. It’s as if the NFL’s public relations team is screaming at you to believe the players and Goodell are cool with each other. It’s hardly the case and pretty embarrassing for Goodell when the most popular and best players in the league criticize his actions.
12 Racism in the League
Lately, when you think of racism in the NFL, the first thing that comes to mind is the Washington Redskins' logo. In a lengthy litigation battle, Native American activists have been battling the owner of the team, Dan Synder, in a federal court over the trademark logo of the Redskins. Whether you agree or disagree that it’s a racist logo, it still hurts Goodell’s image. It’s not the only time racism has been brought up under Goodell.
11 Blackmail and Extortion is Exciting
Anyone else catch Miami Dolphins’ Laremy Tunsil’s life spiral out of control during the NFL’s 2016 Draft? He went from a top five pick to outside the top 10 because he was being extorted and blackmailed. Someone posted an image of him smoking from a bong while wearing a gas mask minutes before the draft started. It doesn’t end there, the blackmailer then posted messages of Tunsil asking for rent money from the Ole Miss assistant athletic director John Miller.
10 NFL Lockout
The NFL’s 2010-11 regular season kicked off with a Thursday night game between the Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints. Before the game started, players on both teams raised their fists in solidarity. It was the last season before talks of a new collective bargaining agreement and the players wanted Goodell and the rest of the league to know they were unified.
9 Replacement Referees
The 2012 NFL referee lockout was one of the most embarrassing moments in professional sports. The amount the NFL to had to give to referee's pension plan in 2011 was $3.3 million, but Goodell and company hated the retirement plan, so they decided to use replacement refs.
8 Special Treatment for Owners
The owner of the Indianapolis Colts pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated in 2014. Not only was he under the influence of drugs while driving, but police found $29,000 in cash and a laundry bag full of pills. Goodell is supposed to be a champion of the anti-drinking and driving movement. In 2012, he issued harsher punishments for those caught driving under the influence.
7 His Salary
The most hated man in the NFL also makes a ton of money and he doesn’t want you to know about it. The NFL’s 2014 tax filing stated Goodell made $34.1 million that year. Now, most of us would rather not let people know how much we make, as it’s no one's business anyway, but when you have a guy who has sucked the money out of others through fines and suspensions, and has also destroyed the integrity and accountability of the NFL, we should be able to get a rough estimate of what he makes.
6 Fumbling a Scandal
5 The Case of Ray Rice
It’s another example of a hypocritical tyrant at the wheel of a billion dollar company. In 2014, Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice was arrested for knocking out his wife (then-fiancée) in an elevator at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Initially, Goodell only suspended Rice for two games on the season. When the video of Rice knocking out his wife and dragging her unconscious body out of the elevator surfaced in the public’s eye, Goodell faced a firestorm of heat over his disciplinary decision.
4 People in the NFL Want His Powers Stripped
Goodell’s tyranny may finally be regulated as the union and league officials have been in discussion to remove power given to the commissioner to discipline players for off-the-field conduct. According to NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith, they’ve had talks about a neutral arbitrator when it comes to the personal conduct policy.
3 Knew About Spygate a Year Before it Became Public
Before Deflategate, there was Spygate. From 2000 to 2007, the New England Patriots videotaped the signals of teams in 40 games. The Patriots collated the videos of each team and figured out the schemes and plays. Then head coach of the New York Jets and former Patriots coach, Eric Mangini, blew the whistle on the spying program. Not only did Goodell say he only knew of six video tapes leading up to the Super Bowl in February of 2008, he decided to destroy all the evidence as quickly as possible. What gets the conspiracy accusations going is the fact that he gave out his punishment on September 13th, four days before the NFL examined the tapes.
2 Concussions. What Concussions?
Goodell wants you to believe he’s an advocate for player safety, however, he openly wants to add two more regular season games to the brutal schedule and has continually downplayed long-term studies linking concussions and football. This year, The New York Times published an article about the flaws in concussion research by the NFL in the last decade. The article states 100 cases were omitted from the study, however, the NFL denied this. It gets better, as their public relations team decided to buy ad space at NYT and posted messages of the NFL progressing the player’s safety on the field.
1 Jury, Judge, and Executioner
If you ever take a civics course, you know that there’s a checks and balances system in the United States government. This is not the case in the NFL, as Commissioner Goodell has absolute authority on deciding disciplinary actions of a member of the NFL for on and off-the-field incidents. The NFL Players Association knew all too well the powers Goodell would have when they signed a 10-year collective bargaining agreement in 2011.
However, because of his double standards and bias towards certain teams and players, the league has coughed up millions of dollars in legal fees battling the NFLPA in court. When it's all said and done, Goodell doesn't want you to know how much power he has or how he would screw over one player and let the other one off the hook, even though they committed the same crime. Goodell wants you to believe he cared about the integrity of the game. After reading this list, what do you think?
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